A recent weekend trip to The Textile Museum in Washington, DC to view the ikat exhibition entitled, “Colors of the Oasis – Central Asian Ikats” was a visual treat for the eye. For anyone interested in fabrics and colors a trip to this little jewel box of a museum is a must.
Nineteenth-century Central Asian ikats are known for being bold and brash with electrifying colors and patterns. The process of weaving ikats is multi-stepped and complicated where bundled warms, and sometimes the wefts, are bound and dyed several times before being woven into their trademark eye-popping patterns.
Ikats have been in fashion for interior design for some time now and show no signs of slowing down. Do yourself a favor and make the trip. The exhibit runs from October 16 through March 31, 2011.
The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S Street, Washington, DC 20008 (www.textilemuseum.org).
Photos from “Colors of the Oasis – Central Asian Ikats” by Sumru Belger Krody. This is the companion text to the exhibit.